DALBELLO KRYPTON CROSS | $579.99 Dalbello is capitalizing on their earlier models of boots to bring down the line some of the benefits of some of the higher-line boots that had previously only been available at the top. It's based on an older Dalbello design known as the Flexon, but it's been improved and upgraded, so it provides a level of heel hold and flexibility longitudinally while still being increasingly stiff laterally, which is what the skier who skis shaped skis wants. As they lean laterally, they want the arch of the shape to engage with the mountain and make their ski turn as effortlessly as thinking about it. And it only has three buckles, so the middle buckle has an incredible capability of latching a skier's heel into the heel pocket of the boot.

NORDICA HOT ROD IGNITER TI SKIS WITH X-BALANCE BINDINGS | $699.99 A few years ago, Nordica brought out a binding system which is still in use. They don't claim it makes you a better skier; they say it makes you a better balanced skier. And it's a system where the heel of the binding is also latched onto the toe, and vice versa. So if the skier tends to get too far in the backseat — when that happens to me, I usually wind up wiping the snow off my face. But this system, which has that cross-lateral anchoring, transfers that backseat weight to the front, and it saves you. The toe piece is also anchored onto the heel. You get a little too far forward? It provides some pressure on the tail to help it still track reliably.



BURTON RATION | $299.99 This is a new board for Burton this year, and it's one of the cheaper boards we have for men. It's a good-looking board. They went for a plain graphic, plain top sheet, plain base, which is appealing to a lot of people. And basically, this board is designed to do a couple of things: be cost-effective, easy to ride, and really fun for the customer. Because the snowboard is a soft flexing board, it makes it easy to turn. So when you make a mistake, the board doesn't want to dictate as much and put you on your knees or back. An easier-going board is softer-flexing, tip to tail and side to side. It allows for forgiveness. It keeps you on your feet, and it also inspires confidence. At the same time, snowboarding is also freestyle-driven; and with a lot of the smaller mountains we have around here, you get bored and you wind up at the park, hitting boxes, rails, and maybe some of the jumps. What functions well in the park, especially for boxes and rails, is the same type of soft, easily manipulated board to have the board lock on and then try to spin out, which also makes this board good for a mid-weighted park kid. It doesn't have to be a board that functions on steep or icy technical conditions.

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